The Mass Communication Department, University of Lagos, for the second time, won the Faculty of Social Sciences debate at the weekend in Lagos.
The winner, Femi Akinseye, a 200Level student defeated 16 other candidates, who opened the preliminaries of the contest to emerge victorious.
Akinseye, alongside his counterparts Akpan Joseph; Economics (2nd), Ademola-Aliu Funke; Mass Communication (3rd) and Azuma Margaret; Geography (4th) made it to the grand finale of the challenge.
The topics of discourse at the finals were “Religion As A Hindrance to Developments in Africa” and “Secession is the Lasting Solution to the States at Wars”.
Ademola-Aliu, argued that many people have under the guise of religion, perpetrated acts of terrorism, corruption, and environmental pollution among others.
But Akinseye was swift to attack the topic, arguing that religion, has rather been a major fulcrum of developments in Africa.
He said the prominent pioneers of education in Africa were the missionaries from Europe to build schools and establish printing presses among others.
He added that religious leaders, at all times, preach against terrorism, corruption and ethnicity.
He said that religious organisations have given out scholarships to the less privileged people, more than any government has done.
“Religion has contributed to the economy through religious organisations several business establishments ranging from banks, media outfits, publishing houses, eateries, and football clubs.
“Today, religious organisations run many humanitarian and charity organisations that provide services to tackle poverty and malnutrition,” Akinseye said.
Speaking at the event, The president of the Socieal Science Students Association (SOSSA), Saheed Ipaye, remarked that the essence of the debate was to enable students critically analyse the challenges facing African society.
As students of social sciences, he said, he believed the best they could do was to analyse the problems of our society and proffer lasting solutions to them.
He advised youths to embrace peace and harmony and the collective goal of having a better Nigeria and Africa at large.
He expressed optimism that SOSSA will continue to produce world class debaters that the entire university community will be proud of.
Ipaye also called on the governments to invest more in education, saying that education remained the bedrock of developments in any society.
“It is through education that our society can be properly restructured to meet landmark developmental goals.
“Lack of good educational system will continue to produce unemployable graduates,” Ipaye said.
The winner of the “2016 SOSSA Debate” got an Android tablet devise and a plague, donated by Tutor.ng.
Last year’s edition of the debate was won by Charles Agu, a 400L student of Mass Communication.
The theme of that debate was `State Fragility: The Bane Of Nigeria’s Security Challenges’.
By Miftaudeen Raji
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